Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written by You

THIS MONTH’S PROMPT

In six words, write a story about a dramatic change in size.

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JANUARY 2022

A Story About a Mad Scientist

A doctor made of an onion sits across the desk intimidatingly.

ILLUSTRATION: VIOLET REED

“Your eyes water. Want them back?”

—@DaveDyball, via Twitter


Honorable Mentions:

Mad I was, until it worked. —Don Wilkins, via email

You say “mad,” I say “disappointed.” —Joseph Ferry, via email

Her hair was blue—and undyed. —@jaybirdfitlive, via Instagram

He couldn’t make Earth look triangular. —@pauloahb, via Instagram

His socks matched her lab coat. —@pmcruise, via Twitter

Quantum field cadaver regeneration activation, go! —Sean Liddle, via Facebook

“Success!” Too bad the AI disagreed. —Steve Nomax, via email

“Let there be light,” said God. —@charley.desousa, via Instagram

“It‘s aliiiive!” Elon opened his eyes. —@ylbertf, via Instagram


DECEMBER 2022

A Story About an Animal That Hasn‘t Been Discovered Yet

A giant butterfly chasing a child with a net.

ILLUSTRATION: VIOLET REED

STRANGELY, IT WANTED TO BE CAPTURED.

—@JayZheng10, via Twitter


Honorable Mentions:

Its stare gave me a rash. —@dantekienigiel, via Instagram

Darwin might’ve overlooked them on purpose. —@the__story__life, via Instagram

It was inside me all along. —Nova Wehman-Brown, via email

Green trunks wiggled from thawed permafrost. —@Theniceladywit, via Twitter

Its unusual diet was immediately demonstrated. —@lauren.samuelsen14, via Instagram

Field biology got trickier after that. —Paul Gazis, via Facebook

We thought lenticular clouds were clouds. —@marcia_storyteller, via Instagram

Was it feeding on electronic waste? —@leonserra_, via Instagram

To it, we are the ants. —Morten Kielland, via email


NOVEMBER 2022

A Story About Living Forever

A Vampire gets blood delivered for dinner.

ILLUSTRATION: VIOLET REED

“SOMETHING NEW FOR DINNER?” SHE LAUGHED.

—J C Thrush, via email


Honorable Mentions:

It wasn’t long enough for me. —@Anna_Wenner, via Twitter

And so long lived the Queen. —Giacomo, via email

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